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Amid traffic checks, poor air quality, Delhiites welcome 2019 in style

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New Delhi, Jan 1 : Winter chill, severe air pollution and too many traffic restrictions — nothing could diminish the spirit of Delhiites, and they celebrated the New Year Day oudoors, as always in the past.

The first day of 2019 saw people thronging popular tourist locations in the national capital, including India Gate, Connaught Place and National Zoological Park, and iconic monument sites like Qutub Minar, Purana Quila and several others.

Owing to heavy traffic in Delhi’s Zoo, entry had to be closed at 4 p.m.

“Traffic is heavy on Mathura Road near National Zoological Park…entry to the Park will be closed at 4 p.m and tourists are advised not to visit the place,” said a Delhi Traffic Police official.

Similar was the situation around Kalkaji Mandir that saw huge rush of devotees on the first day of 2019, leading to heavy, serpentine tailbacks between Chirag Delhi and Kalkaji.

Traffic movement was also halted from Regal Cinema to Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Sansad Marg towards Outer Circle at Connaught Place due to huge crowds of pedestrians on these roads.

Elaborate traffic arrangements had also been put in place at and around the India Gate for proper regulation of pedestrian movement as well as vehicles. Visitors were advised by the Delhi Police to use public transport owing to acute shortage of parking space near the site.

Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik on Tuesday requested the people of the national capital to “devote some thought to security” of their homes and residential areas and help the police make the city safer.

“As we, in Delhi Police, focus on improving our visibility, response and service delivery, we request the citizenry also to devote some thought to security of their home and colony. With police and public partnership, we can make Delhi a lot safer,” Patnaik tweeted.

The Delhi Metro on Tuesday blocked exits at five of its stations in central part of the city upon request of the Delhi Police.

The exits for commuters at Pragati Maidan, Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan and Mandi House were blocked.

There also seemed no respite to the Delhi residents from air pollution as the air quality once again dropped to “severe” in the morning, with Air Quality Index at 404. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), AIQ at 5 p.m was 395 — a marginal improvement in the quality of air to “very poor”.

While the minimum temperature recorded on Tuesday was 4 degrees Celcius, three notches below the season’s average, the day’s maximum temperature settled at 23 degrees Celcius, three notches above the season’s average.

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Bhopal may get country’s first cremation ground for cows

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Bhopal, Jan 18 (IANS) The country’s first cremation ground for cows will be prepared in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal and the city’s municipal authorities are already on the lookout for a site for the purpose.

Bhopal Mayor Alok Sharma said: “The municipal corporation wants to prepare a cow cremation centre for their salvation. We will do it as soon as we find a suitable land for it.”

Sharma said that the project was already under discussion during former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s regime, and now they were taking it forward.

Hailing the civic authorities’ effort, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamalnath said the government would encourage the efforts made for the welfare of cows. The government was committed to fulfilling its promises, he said.

The Congress had promised to construct cowsheds at Panchayat level in its manifesto before the Assembly elections.

There are an estimated 227 crore cattle in the state, out of which 90 lakh are milch cows.

Farmer leader Kedar Sirohi has also welcomed the effort and urged the government to take in notice the cows who are dying due to malnutrition at early age.

Stray cattle have become a problem in the state and often cause accidents and destroy crops.

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10% quota for economically weak applicable from Jan 14 in UP

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Lucknow, Jan 18 :The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Friday ratified 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections among the upper castes, a government spokesman said.

A meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here decided to enforce the reservation in government jobs and higher education institutions with retrospective effect, from January 14.

“The officials have carefully studied the formula of reservation to the upper castes, as rolled out by the Central and the Gujarat governments, and it has been decided that the quota will come into effect in the state the way it is being implemented by Centre,” said state Power Minister Srikant Sharma.

All Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states, including Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Gujarat, have already implemented the 10 per cent reservation for economically weak, after President Ram nath Kovind gave his assent to the constitutional amendment bill passed by the Parliament.

In another key decision, the cabinet okayed a proposal to use Rs 165 crore earned through the cess on liquor sale for protection of cows.

Besides, it was also decided that the cabinet approval will not be required for the projects worth up to Rs 1 crore.

The cabinet also gave the nod for renaming Mughalsarai tehsil after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.

Also, a decision to rebore 1,101 tubewells and install 2,000 new sets was taken on Friday.

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Bihar: Boy’s jaw broken for plucking plums in Muzaffarpur

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Patna, Jan 18: A seven-year-old boy was beaten, his jaw was broken and six of his teeth were knocked out as punishment for plucking some plums from a tree in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, police said on Friday.

An FIR has been lodged on the basis of the complaint filed by the boy’s mother, police officer Mohammad Sujauddin said.

Mohammad Sohail was attacked by Faizan Warsi alias Jonny, who beat the boy black and blue for plucking fruits from the tree near his house. The child has been admitted to a hospital in critical condition.

Sohail’s mother also claimed that Warsi’s parents had asked her to keep mum on the matter and not involve the police.

The police were yet to nab the culprit.

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